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South Connellsville to hold Christmas celebration

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Military personnel are always happy to receive holiday packages sent by the CAHS Patriots.
Military personnel are always happy to receive holiday packages sent by the CAHS Patriots.

South Connellsville Borough will be holding a terrific Christmas Celebration on Saturday and everyone is invited to join the fun. The event will be at the playground pavilion 6-9 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Kids can visit and have their picture taken with him. A live reindeer will be along. Other activities include a horse-drawn buggy ride and making ornaments to be put on the borough's Christmas tree. You can get warm by one of the fire pits while enjoying hot chocolate, s'mores, hot dogs and snacks. You can take a chance to win a basket, 51-inch TV or an Apple iPad. They will all be drawn at 9 p.m., so plan to enjoy a holiday evening with family and friends.

Karen Holbrook reminds South Connellsville residents that Thursday is the last day to sign up for the outdoor lighting contest. There is no charge. Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, everyone can pick up ballots at the pavilion to drive through the borough and cast votes for the winner.

Be sure you visit all of our local businesses when you're doing your Christmas shopping. There are so many unique ideas around town.

At Colebrook Chocolate you can get a delicious box of chocolates, baskets and arrangements to fit any budget, small or large. Everyone loves chocolate! You can enjoy a cup of warm apple cider and samples while you shop hassle-free. The folks at Colebrook Chocolate like to make the gift-giving season simple and sweet. You can even give them your list and they'll do the rest.

While you are at the plaza, stop in all the other stores, including Goin' Postal, Martin's and Hunter's Pharmacy for more fantastic choices.

Blushie Boutique downtown has new arrivals including blouses, sweaters, dresses, handbags, jewelry and scarves. The shop is also featuring “Sparkle-tini,” a Blushie brand of handmade genuine Swarovski necklaces, bracelets and earrings made to order as well as a special for Skinny Wraps. Mark IV has gifts, including boxes of all occasion Leanin' Tree greeting cards.

West Side Jewelry and Boutique, La Boheme, Spa Faces, Lid'l Lyn's, All Seasons Gift Shop and Bikes Unlimited all have beautiful gifts, too. And don't forget Stone & Company, Spottos and Nickman's for good ideas.

This came from Mike Edwards: “Thanks to all of the donors who made ‘It's A Connellsville Christmas' possible this year. The many activities and open houses made for a full weekend. We appreciate all the people that came out to see the Canteen and support the nonprofit cookie sales.”

Once again Linda Shearer and the CAHS Patriots have gotten amazing thank yous from our deployed troops, here are a few of them:

Ms. Shearer,

My unit, RSS, 2CR, out of Vilseck, Germany, received your packages today in Afghanistan. Words cannot express the gratitude we all have for your kindness. You and your students are much appreciated.

Thank you for your support. Very Respectfully,

Alixandra M. Mackey


TF Muleskinner SPO

Retrograde/Medical OIC



I hope this message greets you with peace as we are steadily progressing into the holiday season. I wanted to let you know that we have received packages today from your school group and it has brought great excitement to my fellow soldiers. Everyone was excited to receive these items and they all expressed their gratitude. Please let everyone there know that your hard work is greatly appreciated and support from groups like yours is what helps us make it through the tough times, especially the holidays.

Thanks again for all that you do!


Ashley Jones

SGT, NCOIC Pharmacy



My office received your very thoughtful care package today. We wanted to thank you for thinking of us, and we all enjoyed the goodies you sent. Please thank everyone that had a part in putting this package together for us, as well as the CAHS Patriots. I have included a picture of the Soldiers who received a total of 41 packages from your organization. Thanks again, and God bless!

CPT Jordan Iusi


Thank You for the packages. We appreciate the support. We thank you for the time, effort and thought put into the packages. It is always good when you get something that shows that someone cares about what we are doing here. Once again thank you and GOD BLESS.

Thank You,

SFC Cantey

RSS,2nd Calvary Regiment


Ma'am, Students of Connellsville HS,

Just wanted to thank you from everyone here at TF Muleskinner, Kandahar Airfield for the Christmas boxes. Not sure I can express to you how happy everyone was. We loved all the little goofy things and the goodies, too. Please know how much your caring means to each and every soldier that received your thoughtful boxes. It truly made our day!

Thanks again. Have a great Christmas and wonderful new year!


1LT Marra

Kimberly Marra



TF Muleskinner/CTF Dragoon





I just wanted to “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart!!! We were wondering how we would decorate our Army Hospital and your kindness has filled the rooms. I don't know how we could ever return this act of kindness. It really brought joy in our hearts and Santa hats on our heads. Soldiers walk by and pick up candies and's wonderful. I couldn't ask for a nicer gift.

With warm thoughts, we hope all your families have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Elizabeth Joyce


TMC Arifjan


It was wonderful when Mayor Charles Matthews and city council recognized Linda for her work with the CAHS Patriots at the November council meeting. The mayor talked about how impressed he was with the group's 10-year history and with the recent veterans luncheon and World Trade Center artifact dedication. What a wonderful gesture and sincere presentation to one of our outstanding community volunteers.

If you have never attended “The Living Christmas Tree” presented by Faith Bible Church, or if you have, it is a way to bring joy to your holiday. Performances are Dec. 14, Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. The church is located at 425 S. Arch St. This is a spectacular program presented by a talented group of people.

Conn-Area Catholic School is selling a calendar ticket for January 2014. Thirty-one chances to win in January with a total of $2,500 in cash prizes awarded. Each ticket has two, three-digit numbers and is drawn on the 7 p.m. PA Daily Lottery. Tickets are $10 each. Anyone interested in purchasing a calendar ticket should call the school office at 724-628-5090.

Enjoy a Christmas musical as drama students from Stage Right in Greensburg present “Yes, Virginia the Musical” at the Edwin S. Porter Theater. Step back in time to around 1900. The Porter Theater was built in that era and lends itself to the story. Tickets are available at Atkins Music Center, the community center or by calling 724-626-1265. Stage Right Arts for Home School presents “Yes, Virginia” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Conn-Area Catholic School is having a Valentine's Day Dinner Dance and Benefit on Feb. 14, 2014. The event will be held at the newly renovated Murphy Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 and entertainment at 8. The evening's entertainment will be the Sammy Brooks Band. The event will feature a buffet dinner, live entertainment, cash bar and many raffles. Tickets are $30 per person. For tickets, call the school at 724-628-5090.

Highlands Hospital Auxiliary Festival of Trees ends Friday. If you haven't bought any chances yet, they are $2 each and sold by auxiliary volunteers 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Winners will be drawn at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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